CS Project Express

Leading Project Management Software from Crest Software

from £150 excl. VAT

Plan, manage and complete your projects as effectively and economically as possible

Crest Software: CS Project screen grabs

CS Project Express is designed for first time users of project planning software. It’s intuitive user interface allows the user to become effective with task management in just a few moments.

* List the tasks that need to be done, either by entering them into the spreadsheet or simply by drawing bars on the screen

* Decide on the sequence in which tasks can occur by linking them with the mouse in the bar chart or spreadsheet

Please click here to request your free ‘Demo’ version of CS Project (Please note that you will be redirected to our main crestsoftware.co.uk website)

Features

  1. Progress and Re-schedule a Project Plan

    * Record actual start and finish dates
    * Record % complete and actual duration for tasks
    * Perform slip-to-date operations to reschedule projects based on actual progress
    * Store a baseline to compare the current schedule with the original plan
    * Progress ‘Zig Zag’ line for baseline and current schedule
    * Add unlimited progress notes to each activity

  2. Editing

    * Multi-level undo and redo facility
    * Draw, link, move, copy and update tasks entirely by the mouse or keyboard
    * Sort and group by any field to create intermediate summaries
    * Copy and paste to and from any field within the user defined activity table
    * Step through list of all predecessors or successors

    CS Project Editing

  3. Reporting & Data Exchange

    * Customise reports in terms of layout, fonts, colours, symbols, fill styles
    * Place text and graphic annotations anywhere on bar charts
    * Include logos in the fully customisable report headers and footers
    * Use custom border for corporate image
    * Highlight non working periods for project activity calendars
    * Copy and paste to and from Excel
    * Colour bars according to status or individually from code library
    * Highlight critical links or show link type (e.g. FS, SS, FF, SF)
    * Easy upgrade to CS Project Planning or Professional

    CS Project Report

System requirements

  1. General Information

    CS Project Express is a Windows based application and can be installed and operated on all 32 and 64-bit computers.

    The application is installed onto the computer via an installation setup file supplied by Crest Software, either via a download link or a setup CD, despatched using next day courier delivery (UK only).

    CS Project Express can only be installed as a single user on an desktop/laptop/netbook.

    Should you have any further questions regarding compatibility, installation or requirements, please click here and send a message to our support team.

    Operating Systems

    Windows XP (SP3) / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8

    Minimum Spec

    Pentium P4 700GHz; 1gb Ram; CD Drive; 100Mb Disk space

    Additional Information

    * Generally only installed on workstation computers only – for server/multi user installations, see CS Project Planning or Professional

    * Any printer or plotter supported by MS Windows

Customer feedback

  1. Leading Infrastructure service company
    CS Project Planning was chosen for its ease of use and ability to handle both the short-term detailed programmes and the overall Framework Programme…
  2. Major Civil Engineering contractor
    Resource management and reporting are made easy with CS Project, along with a high standard of presentation…

Comparison

Feature: Version:
Demo Express Planning Professional
Scheduling & Progress
No. of Activities per Project 25 500 64,000 64,000
10 level Undo/ Redo facility Y Y Y Y
Linking tasks using FS, SS, FF, SF constraints with leads/lags (including Ladder Links) Y Y Y Y
Display multiple bars on one line Y Y Y Y
Multiple calendars for tasks, links, resources and projects Y Y Y Y
Record actual start and finish dates, percent complete, actual and remaining durations for tasks Y Y Y Y
Perform slip-to-date operations to reschedule projects based on actual data Y Y Y Y
Perform stretch-to-date operations to reschedule projects based on actual data Y
Store an unlimited number of baselines to compare the current schedule and the original plan Y
Bulk change any activity or resource attribute Y
CARLO (Cost and Resource Levelling Optimisation) Y
Monte Carlo risk analysis Y
User defined activity fields and formulas Y
Task/resource code libraries to manage large or complex projects Y
Protect sensitive data with passwords on a project, resource table or ID level Y
Resource Management
Assign unlimited resources by dragging and dropping onto tasks Y Y
Histogram display to show the usage of labour, plant & materials Y Y
Make resource assignments effort or duration driven Y
Delay resource assignment to start after task start Y
Resource levelling Y
Escalate resource costs and vary availability over time Y
Show assignment bars on Gantt Y
Costing
Forecast cost using Labour, Plant, Material, Subcontract and Prelims Y Y
Set up a simple Cash Flow for your project with expenditure and revenue Y Y
Earned Value Analysis Y Y
Plan/track fixed costs (per task) as well as variable costs (by resource usage) Y
Summarise costs according to RBS/WBS structures for single or multiple projects Y
Accumulate costs into any predefined Cost Period using Report Calendars Y
Multi-project management
Multi-project management, schedule up to 300 concurrent projects and create Y
Share a common resource pool in a group of projects Y
Create links between tasks in separate projects Y
Data Exchange
Transfer text between applications using the clipboard (e.g. between CS Project and a spreadsheet) Y Y Y
Transfer projects to other systems (e.g. estimating, planning, time chainage etc.) using MPX or XML Y Y
CSX file format which allows data transfer with Valesco Estimating & Valuations Y Y Y
Send complete project and reports via e-mail Y Y Y
Store and retrieve data from a central data repository (any ODBC database) Y
Send and receive portions of a project via e-mail for updating Y
Reporting
Customise reports in terms of layout, fonts, colours, symbols, fill styles Y Y Y Y
Use Custom Borders for Corporate Image Y Y Y Y
Publish reports to PDF format Y Y
Export reports to Windows clipboard for incorporation into Word & Excel Y
Print detailed periodic or to-date breakdowns of resource usage and costs Y
Matrix reports, Assignment Gantt & Network diagram Y
Store multiple report and view layouts and switch easily between them Y